Running Windows Server 2012 Essentials for HP ProLiant ML370 G5

Posted on 2016-08-04
Last Modified: 2016-09-07
We are in the process of rebuilding a Small Business network infrastructure.  The business owns an HP ProLiant ML370 G5 Server and would like to do a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 Essentials.  

Since this is an older generation of ProLiant servers, Windows 2012 is not "officially" supported but I have heard success stories on ruining Windows 2012 on the older ProLiant servers.  

Any guidance on how to proceed to deploy Windows Server 2012 on the HP ProLiant ML370 G5 server would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I think some G5 systems are 32 bit only - make sure - you cannot run 64 bit on 32 bit.

That said I would strongly encourage running something newer than a ~8 year old server as the main server.  That's asking for trouble.

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Thank you for the heads-up.  

Though the server is currently running Windows Server 2003 32 bit edition, I have confirmed on HP's support website and the server dose support 64 bit edition of windows, including Windows Server 2008.
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by:Lionel MM
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I am running Server Essentials 2012R2 on a "gaming PC" (Xidac--for a small office that needed a "silent system") and it runs easily with just one i7 processor and 8GB of RAM so it should have no issues on a real server system.
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My question is not so much as if it will work since, as I mentioned in my earlier remark, there are cases out there that prove it will run no problem. My question rather is what would be best way/procedure to go about installing Essentials 2012 R2 on the ML370 G5 since it is not "officially" supported by HP (since, obviously, they would like to sell their newer Servers)?
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by:Lionel MM
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How much RAM does it have? If it has 16GB or more (even 8 may do) I would set it up as a virtual server running on a hypervisor -- that way if it turns out the HP can't do the job you need it to you can easily transfer the virtual server to a different server and not lose all the work you did setting up the Essentials server. (I hope I have answered the question you asked this time around.)
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ArneLovius earned 500 total points (awarded by participants)
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I have a DL370 G5 running 2012r2 quite happily, if I recall correctly, the only issue was the 4 port Qlogic NIC

NIC driver
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